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The dark side of innocence : growing up bipolar

by Cheney, Terri, 1959-

Format: Print Book 2011
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"Killing yourself at any age is a seriously tricky business. But when I was seven, the odds felt insurmountable."

As a young girl, Terri Cheney's life looked perfect. Her family lived in a lovely house in a tranquil Los Angeles suburb where the geraniums never once failed to bloom. She was pretty and smart, an academic superstar and popular cheerleader whose father doted on her. But starting with her first suicide attempt at age seven, it was clear that her inner world was anything but perfect.

"There's something wrong with her," her mother would whisper, her voice quivering on the edge of despair. And indeed there was, although no one had a name for it yet. Hostage to her roller-coaster moods, Terri veered from easy A-pluses to total paralysis, from bouts of obsessive hypersexuality to episodes of alcoholic abandon that nearly cost her her life. Throughout Terri's chaotic early years, nothing was certain from day to day except this: whatever was so deeply wrong with her must be kept a secret.

Thirty years later, Terri wrote Manic, a harrowing memoir that revealed her adult struggle with bipolar disorder. It became an instant New York Times bestseller and received passionate critical acclaim. But it didn't tell the whole story. The mystery of Terri's childhood remained untouched-- too troubling, too painful to fathom. The Dark Side of Innocence explores those tumultuous formative years, finally shattering Terri's well-guarded secret. With vivid intensity, it blends a pitch-perfect childlike voice with keen adult observation. The Dark Side of Innocence provides a heart-rending, groundbreaking insider's look into the fascinating and frightening world of childhood bipolar disorder, an illness that affects a staggering one million children. This poignant and compelling story of Terri's journey from disaster and despair to hope and survival will serve as an informative and eye-opening tale for those who would trust a flawless facade.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This successful attorney's best-selling memoir on bipolarity, Manic (2008), spotlighted her previously hidden suicide attempts and hospitalizations. Now she presents the other half of the story, growing up bipolar. My early childhood wasn't just a strange one; it was a sick one, she recalls. Marked with battling the seething, secret Black Beast within, her spells made for lengthy absences from grammar school. She also endured interludes during which her senses were so sharpened, she'd sob at a bougainvillea's beauty, and her skin felt like kindling, crisp and dry and ready to burn from the Santa Ana winds blowing across her southern California home. Cheney's adolescence of sex, substance abuse, profound boredom concealing profound agitation, and an underlying, growing sense of doom was redeemed by her gift for imagery and language, which eventually led her to write her riveting best-seller, whose success this equally deserving sequel may deservedly duplicate.--Scott, Whitney Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "It wasn't until 1994, when Cheney was 34 years old, that she learned the correct name for what she called the Black Beast, the destructive force that ruled her life. Following her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, Cheney wrote a widely acclaimed account (Manic: A Memoir) of her struggle to make a life for herself while coping with the disease. What she had not anticipated were the thousands of e-mails from parents of bipolar children asking, "What was your childhood like?" This narrative eloquently and intelligently answers this question. Beginning with the jarring account of her first suicide attempt at seven, Cheney then recounts her chaotic adolescence and troubled family life in California, through her departure for college at Vassar. Intelligent and popular, Cheney struggled daily to keep her life on track and her inner life hidden, in a family which kept plenty of secrets: "I was so different inside from the way I looked, I was practically two separate people." Citing the necessity of early intervention to understanding and controlling the disease, Cheney urges parents to listen, learn, read, and discover all they can about their child's problem. Her story is a sound first step toward understanding your child's pain and finding solutions. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Cheney, Terri, -- 1959- -- Mental health.
Manic-depressive persons -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Atria Books,2011
Edition 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
Language English
Description 277 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [271]-274).
ISBN 9781439176214 (hardcover)
1439176213 (hardcover)
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